[78-L] Record collecting

David Lennick dlennick at sympatico.ca
Sun Dec 30 09:16:32 PST 2012

That's coz the whole theory is a crock.

(Duck, Lenny!)

On 12/30/2012 11:51 AM, Malcolm Rockwell wrote:
> On 12/30/2012 4:42 AM, Mike Harkin wrote:
>> --- On Sun, 12/30/12, Don Cox<doncox at enterprise.net>  wrote:
>> From: Don Cox<doncox at enterprise.net>
>> Subject: Re: [78-L] Record collecting
>> To: 78-l at klickitat.78online.com
>> Date: Sunday, December 30, 2012, 1:37 PM
>> On 30/12/2012, Mike Harkin wrote:
>>> --- On Sun, 12/30/12, Kristjan Saag<saag at telia.com>  wrote:
>>> From: Kristjan Saag<saag at telia.com>
>>> Subject: Re: [78-L] Record collecting
>>> To: "78-L Mail List"<78-l at klickitat.78online.com>
>>> Date: Sunday, December 30, 2012, 9:38 AM
>>> The Roman Musician's Union knew all about that, but managed to keep it
>>> secret for another two thousand years. Caesar Petrillus (A.D. 42):
>>> "Wax is doing a job against us". Kristjan
>>> On 2012-12-30 10:28, Don Cox wrote:
>>>> It is surprising that acoustic recording was not invented much
>>>> earlier. The Romans or Greeks could have recorded through a horn onto
>>>> a wax disc, and used lost-wax casting to make a replica in bronze.
>>>> The tricky bit, for them, would be getting a constant speed. A
>>>> falling-weight drive, with the weight falling through oil or honey,
>>>> might work.
>>> They certainly had the technology and the engineering skill, if only
>>> some Cleverus Diccus had got the bright idea to put it all together as
>>> you do. only problems I see would be standardising the weight of the
>>> rocks for rec and playback, and the size the thing would have to be.
>>> Would you want - could you even fit - one in your living room?
>> I think the falling weight would be lead.
>> The playback machine wouldn't be much larger than a 20C acoustic disc
>> player. Maybe not larger at all.
>> Winding the weight back up again is a pain, but so is winding up a
>> spring.
>> Wouldn't you need a fairly long fall first to reach the right speed and then to have any kind of actual recording time before the weight bottomed out?
>> BTW did you see that somebody has made a record with a 3D printer ?
>> Don't recall that specifically, but have seen several stories of getting sound out of
>> old sources by various means; the Frenchman using lampblack on glass comes to mind.  Actually, getting sound ou of a wavy line at all boggles my techno-
>> challenged mind!
>> m in p
>> Regards
> *******
> Don't any of you recollect a special done on the teevee a few years ago
> when someone decided that it might be possible to record, and possibly
> play back, a groove on a rotating piece of pottery? I think they were
> trying to hear the sound of Pompeii being blown up on an existing piece
> of crockery. The producers actually attempted the recording&  playback
> process but, if I remember correctly, it didn't work.
> The pot is now stored in Al Capone's vault. They didn't find that, either.
> Malcolm
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